‘TakePart Live’ Tonight: Why Are We Hanging on to Mandatory Minimums?

Prison reform, the Nobel Peace Prize, Cosplay and meaningful prison reform are on the way.

Cara and Jacob talk prison reform with our panelists.

Andrew Freeman is a California native with a degree in history from UCLA. He is particularly interested in politics and policy.

Tonight on TPL, the courts declare New York’s stop-and-frisk policy unconstitutional, a Congressional Science Committee member declares that global warming will bring on the apolocalypse, and a group gathers 100,000 signatures to grant a Nobel Peace Price to Bradley Manning, the U.S. soldier convicted of leaking classified U.S. government files.

Last week, the FCC took a major step in reducing predatory prison phone rates. The wave of reform continued today as a New York judge ruled that Bloomberg's stop-and-frisk policy was unconstitutional. And Attorney General Eric Holder recently spoke out against mandatory minumim sentencing policies—but will it be enough? Our panelists—including comedian Dan Ahdoot—discuss what further steps can be taken to put fewer nonviolent offenders behind bars and improve our justice system.

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